A position is open for an enthusiastic PhD student to conduct research in developing silicon sensor technologies in use at the energy frontier at the ATLAS experiment. A series of upgrades to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) accelerator complex are planned by CERN, the last of which is dubbed the High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) and is expected to begin collecting data in 2029. In order to meet the challenges associated with this upgrade, ATLAS will undergo extensive modifications. This project will focus on the construction of detector modules for the new all-silicon Inner Tracking detector (ITk), part of which is being built in the University of Sheffield Semiconductor Detector Development Facility. The PhD project will involve practical work in the lab but also the interpretation of results and design of new experiments. Travel to larger research facilities (Diamond, DESY, CERN) to take test data or conduct other investigations is foreseen. The PhD will prepare equally well for a career in industry and academia.
UK students are eligible for studentships fully-funded by STFC. Some funding for non-UK students may be available, to cover living expenses and partial fees.
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